THE head of the inquiry into "appalling" failings at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust has called for hospitals that do not meet a "fundamental standard" to be closed and for staff to face prosecution.
THE head of the inquiry into \"appalling\" failings at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust has called for hospitals that do not meet a \"fundamental standard\" to be closed and for staff to face prosecution.
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Robert Francis, QC, delivered his 1782-page report into the scandal yesterday and issued a total of 290 sweeping recommendations for healthcare regulators, providers and the Government in a bid to improve patient care.
Years of abuse and neglect at the hospital led to the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of patients. But Mr Francis said the failings went right to the top of the health service, blaming the failures on a weak trust board which was focused on reaching targets, achieving financial balance and getting Foundation Trust status.
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